Barak asks bereaved families not to give up ‘dream of peace’ (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By MICHAL SHMULOVICH 04/24/12)
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Netanyahu says the sacrifices make Independence Day possible
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak
sent their condolences to families of fallen soldiers Tuesday.
Netanyahu highlighted his personal feelings of loss — his brother was
killed in the Entebbe rescue — while Barak said Israel’s struggle for
existence was not over, but that the “dream of peace” must be kept
Netanyahu said Memorial Day was a personally significant day for him —
referring to brother Yonatan, fatally wounded when commanding a
platoon of elite soldiers in the 1976 hostage rescue mission in
He said that Memorial Day and Independence Day share an “unbreakable
bond” and that those who fell during Israel’s wars did not fall in
vain. They were fulfilling a “heartfelt duty,” vital to the nation,
he said. On this day, the nation puts aside disagreements, and stands
as one with the bereaved families, he said.
“Thanks to them, the state arose… and thanks to them the members of
the younger generation will also be able to live their lives in
security and tranquility,” he added.
In a letter to the families of fallen soldiers, Barak wrote “Israel
is morally indebted to the bereaved families. Our struggle for
existence is not over… And your pain is the pain of the entire
Israel still faces major challenges, Barak added, and will do
everything possible to meet them.
He urged the families “not to give up the dream of peace.”
This year, Israel remembers 22,993 fallen soldiers. (© 2012 THE TIMES
OF ISRAEL 04/24/12)
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